I spy candy canes!!!
You know what that means right? A festive holiday treat is on your way!! And did you know, Whole Foods does NOT stock candy canes yet?!? I know…crazy. Luckily I live within a one mile diameter of about 4 different grocery stores, so I wasn’t at a total loss. And just look at how festive candy canes can make a simple no-bake dessert:
Peppermint + Chocolate + Marshmallows = a very addicting crispie treat
These are not JUST your run of the mill rice crispie treats. For one thing, the cereal I used is a whole grain brown rice cereal, rather than the typical refined puffed rice one in the big blue box (you know what I’m talking about). If you’re going to cover something in butter and marshmallows, you might as well add a little bit more nutrition to it! The brown rice cereal has more fiber and protein than the normal, but you’d never know the difference.
And you can’t go wrong with peppermint and chocolate in my book. But first things first for this treat! You want to smash up your candy canes into many little pieces!
So turn this….
And I’m pretty sure that was the hardest part of the whole recipe. To be honest, I haven’t made rice crispie treats in YEARS! I think it’s because I never wanted to clean a very sticky-marshmallow pot. But it was totally worth it!
They remind me of elementary school; getting a rice crispie treat at lunch made for an exciting day.
These also make the day more exciting, but in a more grown up way. And don’t expect these to stick around for very long. Too delicious not to devour each and every one of those little squares by the next morning.
Prepare at your own risk!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 5 cups mini marshmallows
- 4 cups brown rice cereal
- 1 cup dark chocolate
- 1.5 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 10 – 12 mini candy canes, crushed